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  • Commentators describe Sherilyn Pastor as an "absolutely outstanding" insurance coverage litigator. She offers extensive expertise in acting for an impressive roster of corporate policyholders in insurance disputes and is praised for her "very smart, creative" approach.
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated
    5.0 out of 5


  • J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, magna cum laude, 1988
  • B.A., Seton Hall University, cum laude, 1985

    Law Clerk, Hon. David Landau, New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division, 1988-1989

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

Memberships & Affiliations

Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, (2012)

Chambers USA "Leaders in their Field" (2011-Present)

American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (2012-Present)

Co-Chair, Professional Liability (E&O and EPLI) Committee, American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (2016)

Director & Officer Liability Insurance Committee of the International Center for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (2012-Present)

Co-Chair, ABA Litigation Section's Round Tables Committee (2016-2017)

Co-Chair, ABA Litigation Section's Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (2012-Present)

Vice Chair, ABA Litigation Section's Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, 2009 to 2012; Regional Representative, 2003-2009; and various Subcommittees, Co-Chair, 2002-2009

Law360’s Insurance Editorial Advisory Board (2013-Present)

NJ RIMS, Membership, Social and Networking Committee (2011)

TWINS Honoree (2011)

New Jersey Supreme Court's Professional Responsibility Rules Committee (2002-Present)

The Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin, Editorial Board (2004-Present)

Appleman on Insurance, Editorial & Advisory Board, 2006 - 2010; Consultant and Author 2006-Present

Member, Insurance Neutrals Review Committee of the International Center for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (2005-Present)

The International Who's Who of Insurance & Reinsurance (2010-Present)

NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business Award (2010)

National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Faculty, Trial Program, 2003-2004, and Deposition Skills, 2003 and 2005

American Bar Association

New Jersey State Bar Association

New York State Bar Association

Essex County Bar Association

DRI Member

District VA Division, Member and Presenter (1998 to 2002)

Essex County Bar Foundation Chronicle, Editorial Board Member (1993 to 1998)

Essex Inn of Court, Barrister; Lecturer (1995 to 2000)

Sherilyn Pastor

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    • Four Gateway Center
      100 Mulberry St.
      Newark, NJ 07102

Recognized as a Band 1 leader in her field by Chambers USA and as one of New Jersey's “Best 50 Women in Business” by NJBIZ, Sherilyn Pastor is Practice Group Leader of McCarter’s Insurance Coverage Group. According to Chamber's sources, she is a “top-notch attorney and great strategic thinker.”

Ms. Pastor has secured hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance for corporate policyholders. She litigates complex coverage matters throughout the country and abroad, and provides insurance coverage advice to clients assessing their potential risks, analyzing new insurance products, and considering the adequacy of their programs. 

Ms. Pastor obtained summary judgment awarding Wakefern Food Corporation insurance for all its Northeast blackout losses, establishing New Jersey law that “physical damage” in a property and business interruption policy includes loss of use, value and function. She also helped Lucent Technologies Inc. (now Alcatel Lucent) recover its fiduciary liability coverage following various class action settlements with ERISA plaintiffs.

Ms. Pastor is a successful trial attorney. By way of example, she defended Transamerica Corporation in a dispute with a former subsidiary (IMO Industries) regarding the $1.5 billion in insurance coverage Transamerica had purchased for itself and its subsidiaries as part of a consolidated risk management approach. After a six-month trial for this policyholder, the court ruled in Transamerica’s favor on all claims against it, entering declaratory judgment that Transamerica’s decades old divesture agreement left its former subsidiary liable for its own asbestos losses. The court rejected that Transamerica was responsible for deductibles, retentions, or gaps in insurance coverage, or was effectively transformed into a “de facto” insurer because of its risk management efforts. The Appellate Division upheld all of the trial court’s rulings in a 114-page decision, 81 pages of which it approved for publication, in September 2014. The N.J. Supreme Court refused to disturb them in July 2015.

Ms. Pastor serves on the Editorial Boards of the Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin, and is a consultant on the New Appleman Insurance Law Practice Guide. She is the Immediate Past President (Policyholder Side) of the ABA Litigation Section’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, having served as Vice-Chair from 2009-2012 and as co-chair of various ICLC subcommittees since 2002. Ms. Pastor is on the Board of Regents and Co-Chair of the Professional Liability (E&O and EPLI) Committee of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (ACCEC), and a recipient of the College’s Thomas F. Segalla Award. Ms. Pastor was a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Professional Responsibility Rules Committee for over a decade, and a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Working Group on Ethical Issues Involving Metadata in Electronic Documents.

Ms. Pastor is recognized in The International Who's Who of Insurance & Reinsurance, and has been listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers since 2005. She has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Insurance Law and Litigation - Insurance for 2015 and 2016. She was a TWINS honoree in 2011. She publishes and lectures frequently on insurance, trial skills and ethics matters.

Representative Matters

McCormick Insulation Supply, Inc. v. Union Ins. Co., No. 11-721 (M.D.N.C.).
Multimedia Exposure Inc. v. Hartford Ins. Co. of the Midwest, SOM-L1653-11 (N.J. Law Div.).
American Guarantee & Liability Ins. Co. v. Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc., No. 112634/10.
E.E. Cruz & Co. v. Hartford Fire Ins. Co., No. 08-2625 (3d Cir.).
St. Paul Fire Ins. Co. v. Brother Int'l Corp., No. 07-3886 (3d Cir.).